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RE: Subspecies Subtle Appearance Differences

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Posted by: FR at Thu Jun 18 12:38:06 2015  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by FR ]  
   

I think your making great observations, but there is more to it.
Cal kings, come from many many many different areas, Coastal, esturarian, desert, mountain, etc, with many different soil and plant types. Some have narrow heads, some have broad heads, and of course inbetween. This can even vary over time in one place.
Same goes for desert kings. They come from wetlands, grass lands, desert, etc. And like cal kings, each area has its own demands on the snake.
And the same for Fla kings, yes they come from a much wetter environment, but that varies over the entire length of Fla. So again a range of demands.
Lastly, subspecies is a thing of the past, much to my displeasure.
I actually worked on a paper concerning this in the Mexicana group, as they across the board, had individuals with super broad wide heads, and pin heads. I think the paper was attempting to make heads or tails about the heads, sadly it didn't. Anyway, keep looking. I think the more you look, numbers one local and numbers in many areas, the more confusing it becomes, the result is, head shape has a range of characters. The getula group can have short, long, narrow, wide and combinations of these traits and still be any one of the getula group. hahahahahahaha


   

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